When the Phillies play the Cubs at Citizen’s Bank Park August 25-27, both teams are going to look very different.
In a joint venture by the MLB and the MLBPA, the first “Players Weekend” has been announced, giving players a vastly different look and the ability to use nicknames on the backs of their jerseys.
First, the look.
More reserved than some of the other MLB teams, the Phillies will be in these home white jerseys with a large Phillies 'P', while the Cubs will sport a two-toned blue with a large Cubs logo.
The hat is a bit more of a deviation from the normal look.
The hat the Phillies will wear for Players Weekend is red with a baby blue Liberty Bell, which will likely be a big hit at the team store that weekend.
Here’s how all 32 teams will look in their new uniforms.
Finally, perhaps the biggest change of the weekend is that players will be able to wear nicknames across the back of their jerseys. Diego Ettedgui Lacau, communications representative and Spanish interpreter for the Phillies provided this sneak peek at the names the Phillies picked to appear on the backs of their jerseys.
Some players, Nola and Nava, chose to keep things classic with their last name, but others, really got creative with their names. Aaron Altherr appears to pay homage to the famous Key & Peele Substitute Teacher skit with A-Aron, Nick Williams will be known as Nicky Dubs and Ricardo Pinto shall be known as Pinto Bean. Others like Odubel Herrera, Andres Blanco and Tommy Joseph chose names we are familiar with as they went with Torito, Whitey and Tojo.
Players will also be able to customize their cleats and bats throughout the weekend, so there’s sure to be a lot of interesting looks out on Major League diamonds that weekend.
Terrell Owens is never one to hold his tongue. Or in this case, his fingers.
Answering fans’ Twitter questions on Friday night, the former Eagles wide receiver and Hall of Fame finalist opened up about several topics.
Things started off relatively tame, as T.O. was asked about playing for Andy Reid and the coach’s inability to win the big game.
Things took a turn when Owens’ Philadelphia exit — and the person he felt was behind it, who went unnamed, (Donovan McNabb) — was brought up.
… And his feelings on Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.
However, Owens’ former San Francisco 49ers head coach, Steve Mariucci, got it the worst. Or maybe he’s just the worst.
At least Owens made it clear that despite playing for five teams during his NFL career, he will always bleed green.
Dog mask mania has swept through Philadelphia ever since Lane Johnson and Chris Long donned the creepy masks following the Eagles' divisional round win over the Falcons. We know why the duo wore them but where in the world did they get the idea?
Well, thanks to Zach Ertz — and his article on The Players' Tribune — we now have the answer.
The Friday before the game, Long, Johnson, Ertz, Jason Kelce and Brent Celek were having dinner when Johnson just couldn't contain his excitement for the idea.
“You know how everyone keeps saying we’re underdogs?" Johnson said. "Even though we’re the No. 1 seed? Well … we were on Amazon last night, and we ordered these dog masks.
“Yeah, and when we win, because we’re gonna freaking win, we’re going to do everything in the masks. Media. Postgame. Everything. Dogs.”
And the rest is history. The dog masks have become a must-own for Eagles fans — if you managed to buy one before they sell out that is. The Linc will surely be filled with tens of thousands of rabid German shepherds. But will Long and Johnson get to gloat in the masks postgame again?
For the full origin story of the masks and a ridiculous Carson Wentz story, read Ertz's full article here.